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< Dom >

Where did my pipe and silk robe go...?

"Otakon Madness"

Friday - August 15, 2003

[Dom] - 16:30:00 - [link here]

Note: this rant is from Asmodeus, AKA Ken, AKA "Doushi Kenzuki". He wanted to put up a rant about the blackout and why there was no MT strip, then it ended, so there goes that window of opportunity... instead, we get to hear him talk about Otakon! So without any further ado, I turn this over to Asmodeus. -Ed.

This will be a long rant so please bear with me.

It's been a week since Otakon 2003, the largest anime convention in the Eastern US. Fred, Sarah, Jon (Ukyo), and I had lots of fun, along with a lot of scares. Too bad Dom couldn't make it 'cause I would have been able to dodge few of those terrors if he was present (Suck it! I dodged that like Neo... -Ed.). So here is the list of the pros and cons of Otakon 2003!!


  • Lots of fans coming to the MT panel and autograph sessions
  • The panel going very smoothly (Hey, we're getting good at this)
  • Meeting a lot of friends from MT and other communities
  • Finally meeting Tenebrae, info source for the Miho character (She's so damn kewl!)
  • Getting autographs from Yoshiaki Iwasaki, the director of Love Hina, on my Love Hina R2 DVD box and Love Hina artbooks (Yes, I'm a big LoveHina fanboy)
  • Jerry Chu of Bandai coming to complain that our autograph line was colliding with the Bandai booth (Mwahahahahahaha!) (Tell Jerry that he gets no luv until he tells us what they're going to rename Quattro Vagina! -Ed.)
  • Being with 2 gorgeous girls in corsets! (I should get a silk bathrobe and a pipe :P)
  • Sleeping in between 2 very very cute girls! (Nothing sexual, I mean it!)
  • My girlfriend cosplaying in the costume of my dreams (mmmm..... )
  • Seeing two grown ups in cat suits and pink bunny suits
  • Missing otaku announcements in the Dealer's Room (Ben blah blah, I believe you are old enough to be aware that your mother is looking for you)
  • Not seeing Great Teacher Largo lecture (Hallelujah!!)
  • Never seeing it rain during the day
  • Getting to meet Tsukasa Kotobuki again (I was his interpreter at Katsucon)


  • Hot humid weather (It's Baltimore, what do you expect?)
  • A "L33t n3kk1d sk1llz" Largo cosplayer humping me and rubbing his (censored -Ed.) against my thigh (uguu... I can still feel it...)
  • Not seeing the T.M.R. concert
  • Not spending enough time with some friends
  • My right arm hurt pretty bad by the end of the con (No, not what you're thinking)
  • Walking (Maybe I should ask Fred to get a Segway for conventions) (Wuss! -Ed.)
  • My car acting strange while driving there and coming back (It was shaking like it was about to break apart)
  • The Pocky riot (go easy with the Pocky next time, Go Takarada)
  • Getting stopped every 5 seconds for an autograph (People, please listen to what we say)
  • Not seeing many cosplayers
  • Hearing ADV booth bimbos screaming like boars with a front row seat
  • Not getting to buy goodies 'cause I'm broke (Where is my paycheck?!)
  • The con only feeling 2 days long
  • Dom asking Fred and I to strip during the panel (Hey, the fans wanted it, not me -Ed.)

There's more but I'm sure you are all getting tired of reading my trash, so I will stop. Thanks to all who came to see us and made a stop at our booth in the Dealer's Room. Here is the quick list of thanks to the people who made my con experience fun.

Otakon Green Room Staff
Otakon Autograph Staff
Tenebrae and Tene-daughter
Rest of the #censored crew
Richard "Pocky" Kim
Taka the ukulele-man
Pontus Madsen from Little Gamers
Natsuki and the Nekobox gang
My "kawaii" girlfriend Crowie (Dude, what's with the quotation marks? -Ed.)
Sarah (Seraphim)
Fred (Piro)
The Fans!!

To e-mail Asmodeus, use his aniverse address: -Ed.

< Dom >

I, too, am cunningly hidden.

"Freedom, of a sort"

Monday - August 18, 2003

[Dom] - 17:30:00 - [link here]

Wow. If there's anything that kills my urge to sit down and write more than sitting down and writing all day, I don't know what it is. But here I am after a day's work, realizing "oops, I left this space open and didn't fill it". So, here's a quick update on what's going on in my life--at least in game terms.

First, I'd like to point people to GamePro's Pro vs. Pro: Vietnam, which, as you may know, is a subject that is very close to me. My piece is a cleaned up version of what was a very angry rant a few months ago, but it's the other parts of the debate that are interesting anyway.

With that out of the way, I'm currently gearing up to get back into the swing of having leisure time again. I'm getting Knights of the Old Republic back from my friend on Wednesday, and at the same time he and I are also planning a New Year's trip to Japan, for Comiket and general hijinks.

Meanwhile, one of my roommates, who works at EA, recently hooked us up with Madden NFL 2004. While I haven't played a football video game since NFL2K1, and had sworn that I would remain loyal to Sega forever, I've always enjoyed the Madden series, an on-and-off relationship dating back to the halcyon days of the Genesis. Besides, I told myself, ESPN NFL Football comes out in early September, so I could always just pick that sucker up if my free Madden wasn't working out.

Well, I'm currently the owner of the World Champion 49ers, having wrested Jerry Rice back from the evil clutches of Al Davis, and I have to say that I'm enjoying myself. While this, like all other football games ever, is susceptible to "finding the money play", and the Niners' money play has been the quick slant plus the YAC since 1981, it's a cinch to beat the computer. When I actually learn how to play defense, maybe I'll be up to playing against other people. But time will bring that around.

But what's really been sucking up my leisure time lately have been good ol' pen and paper RPGs. You know the kind, the ones that the Dead Alewives made fun of so well in their "I attack the darkness!" skit.

On that note, let's start with D&D. I started playing THAT back in grade school, thanks to a certain cousin who has asked for my autograph before. And I've been an addict on and off ever since, with almost a decade and a half of fantasy RPGs under my belt. And, for certain (New York Times Bestselling Fantasy Novel by a certain man I used to write letters to back in 6th grade) reasons, I've always played a ranger in the first D&D game with a new edition. Did it in 1st edition, when the followers rules could net the Ranger a baby copper dragon, did it in 2nd edition, did it in 3rd edition where the Ranger got the hairy purple shaft, and I'm about to do it with edition 3.5, where the ranger has been restored to his rightful glory. Ah, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

But whenever I get angry at the many design mistakes of D&D 3.0 (goddamnmonkgrumblegrumble), I just turn to Spycraft and let out a relieved, happy sigh. Spycraft, the D20 RPG of espionage and underworld dealings, happens to have the best design of any level-based game out there. There's always a reason to take another level of a class, there's always a reason to start as a class instead of another, there's no reason not to pick up whatever class you like due to no multiclassing penalty... in other words, I love it to pieces. My current game may be breaking up, but if things work out I'll have another group together in no time. And I'll still be the Pointman, because Pointman is the coolest class in any RPG, like, ever :)

Until next time!


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